Kicking off a five game home stay, the NBA Development League Reno Bighorns started the regular season 2-0 for the first time in team history with two wins over the Utah Flash in the downtown Reno Events Center.
Reno nows holds the all-time series lead against the flash winning 10-of-18 meetings. Bighorns will meet with the Flash eight more times this season, and last season the Bighorns went 6-4 against the Flash with six of those games being decided by ten points or less.
In many of those matchups, one big difference maker was Desmon Farmer who left Reno to play with Ironi Ahkelon within the Isreali Basketball Super League in October 2010.
Last season throughout the NBA Development League, Farmar finished fourth overall in points per game with 23.7 (minimum 30 games played) and second overall in average points, rebound and assists.
The Bighorns also lost big man Rod Benson who was the NBA Development Leagues third best rebounder with 477 and blocker with 95 playing 49 out of 50 games last season.
New edition to the Bighorns, Guard Aaron Miles, looks as if he will assume part of the leadership role Farmar and Benson provided last season. Miles is coming off three seasons overseas including one with French League club, Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez, where he helped win the French National Cup championship.
“Ultimately always wanted to get back and to the NBA, and I came (to Reno) to try and get a call up,” Miles said speaking of why he left international play.
Although Miles was ejected in game two of the Bighorn’s opening weekend, he’ll have no problems adjusting his communication techniques with referees to avoid any further technical fouls.
During the Bighorn’s exhibition game November 11th, Miles was the most vocal player on the court. He was loud and quick to let teammates know what was coming.
“Put him on a double, double, double,” Miles got louder as the play progressed.
The Bighorns will look for Miles to continue to vocally orchestrate on both sides of the ball letting teammates know when screens and double teams are on the way. At 6 feet 1 inch and 180 pounds miles is the smallest guy on the team, but he’s also the most versatile as he proved producing 26 points, 18 rebounds and 8 steal/turnovers through 57 minutes.
Bighorns shooting guard Marcus Landry generated 37 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 steal/turnovers through 80 minutes. Landry was a part of the Sacramento Kings 2010 roster and was able to sign with the Bighorns because of a new rule enacted this year that allows Development League teams to sign players that have been waived by affiliate NBA teams. Bighorns are affiliates to the Kings and the Golden State Warriors this season.
Flash (0-2) have four returning guards in last season’s assists and point per game team leader Dontell Jefferson, last season’s development league overall steals (131) leader Orien Greene, former University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebel Guard Kevin Krugar, and Guard Andre Ingram who started 49 out of 49 games he played in last season.
After losing two in a row, Utah will have the next matchup with the ‘Horns circled on their calendars.
Utah veteran guard production through November 21st: 63.5 percent of total points (134-211)
- Jefferson 13 points, 10 assist, 6 steal/turnovers
- Greene 37 points, 13 rebounds, 11 steal/turnovers
- Krugar 43 points, 13 assists, 8 steal/turnovers
- Ingram 41 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steal/turnovers